Berlin: Aaron Eckhart, Miles Teller Attached to Star in 'Bleed for This' (Exclusive)

1:48 PM PST 02/02/2014 by Pamela McClintock, Rebecca Ford
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Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart

Martin Scorsese will executive produce the movie, based on the true story of world champion boxer Vinny Pazienza.

Aaron Eckhart and Miles Teller are attached to star in Bleed for This, the film based on the true story of world champion boxer Vinny Pazienza. Martin Scorsese is executive producing.

Teller would play Pazienza, who, after a near fatal car crash that left him not knowing if he'd ever walk again, made an incredible comeback. After months of recovery and against doctors’ orders, Pazienza returned to the gym under infamous trainer Kevin Rooney (Eckhart) and made a triumphant return to the ring just over a year later.

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Ben Younger, who wrote and directed 2000's Boiler Room and 2005's Prime, will write and direct Bleed for This.

Synchronicity, a division of The Solution Entertainment Group and headed by Ruzanna Kegeyan, is handling sales at EFM in Berlin.

Bruce Cohen and Emma Tillinger Koskoff are producing alongside Younger, Chad Verdi and Noah Kraft. CAA, which packaged and arranged financing, will represent the film’s domestic distribution rights alongside WME.

Synchronicity, which launched in 2012, handled international sales for horror pic Smiley and horror comedy Cooties, which starred Elijah Wood and just premiered at Sundance. Its upcoming projects include horror pic Mara, starring Oblivion actress Olga Kurylenko.

Teller, who stars in comedy That Awkward Moment, which opened in theaters this weekend, also stars in Whiplash, which won the top prize at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this month. His upcoming projects include YA adaptation Divergent and comedy Two Night Stand. He's repped by CAA and Stone, Meyer.

Eckhart most recently starred in I, Frankenstein and Olympus has Fallen. His upcoming projects include thriller Incarnate. He's repped by CAA and Hirsch Wallerstein.

Borys Kit contributed to this report.

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